December 30th – Bringing in the Boar

pigDay 11 of the Yuletide celebration is for “Bringing in the Boar.” There is a tradition dating back to the 15th Century of bringing in the head of a boar after the hunt; oaths were sworn on it, and they were as binding as any taken. Tonight we are reminded of the strength of our word and the strength of our heart.

For the penultimate night of Yule, we toast the Great Boar himself, as a symbol of the wildness of nature. Carefully consider your oaths and resolutions; and consider, too, the thing that you will “hunt” in the new year. What will you seek for you and your family? What will you do that brightens your life and the lives of others?

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